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Put it on ice

I can’t believe it’s already the last week of August. Next weekend is Labor Day, traditionally marking the end of summer here in the States. Naturally temperatures will begin to cool as the days grow shorter, and Sarah and I will return to making coffee for the office in our … Read more →

Rockin’ the Roasters Retreat

I just got back to Portland after a jam-packed four days in Stevenson, Wash., at the Roasters Guild Retreat. The days were long, with educational sessions on a variety of roaster and more general coffee topics, but the nights were longer—karaoke, bonfires, box hockey, and beer, always beer. The attendees … Read more →

Rockin' the Roasters Retreat

I just got back to Portland after a jam-packed four days in Stevenson, Wash., at the Roasters Guild Retreat. The days were long, with educational sessions on a variety of roaster and more general coffee topics, but the nights were longer—karaoke, bonfires, box hockey, and beer, always beer. The attendees … Read more →

News that maybe you can use

Some quick news items today from the world of coffee. Proving that the recession has not affected all sectors of the economy (or even all coffee retailers) equally, Peet’s coffee exceeded Wall Street’s predicted earnings. Showing the ability to seize the moment, when  Detroit, Mich., coffee shop owner, Raymone Crowe, … Read more →

Dance, Monkey! Dance!

Our old friend, and chairman of the USBC, Nick Cho, recently had an op-ed in the Washington Post writing about his reaction to Starbuck’s not-a-Starbucks café in Seattle. He writes: So some people might assume that I’d poo-poo Starbucks’s efforts. Everyone expects the proverbial little guy to sling stones at … Read more →

What's Up in Ethiopia?

Last August, the Ethiopian government mandated that all coffee must be traded through the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX), eliminating direct trade with specialty coffee producers. In a recent paper, a writer in the Ethiopian Review examines this decision and its effect on the coffee market. The author writes: “As it … Read more →

What’s Up in Ethiopia?

Last August, the Ethiopian government mandated that all coffee must be traded through the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX), eliminating direct trade with specialty coffee producers. In a recent paper, a writer in the Ethiopian Review examines this decision and its effect on the coffee market. The author writes: “As it … Read more →

Get Your Geek On

Last week, I went to the American Barista & Coffee School here in Portland, Ore., to see a presentation done by Vince Fedele of the George Howell Coffee Company (GHCC), about ExtractMoJo, a brewing control solution software that won Best New Product at this year’s SCAA conference. Mr. Fedele, who … Read more →

Talking About Coffee

Over on James Hoffmann’s blog, (jimseven.com) where he is under a self-imposed video blogging marathon, he recently had a post up about the different ways people talk about their experiences with food versus with coffee. Primarily, he says, when talking about food, most people immediately talk about the texture they’re … Read more →

Blue Bottle Stars in VendrTV Segment!

One of the hottest and most delicious topics du jour is food carts, and VendrTV makes a practice out of traveling the country to showcase some of the very best ones. This week, the guys at VendrTV found their way to Blue Bottle Coffee’s original kiosk location in the Hayes … Read more →

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